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Do I really have to justify the selection of Filer, Idaho Police Officer Tarik Hassani as our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day? Suffice it to say, Office Hussani has no business carrying a firearm, either as a cop-civilian or a civilian-civilian. Let this be a lesson to anyone who believes that it’s OK for law enforcement officer to carry firearms denied non-LEOs because the civil servants are “better trained” than armed taxpayers. [h/t AH]

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  1. “I’m sorry I shot your dog”

    Bullshit…

    “I don’t want to be bit again”

    Then find another line of work you pantywaist

    • Is the loudspeaker on the police car broken? Can’t the oficer point the front of the police car toward the house and use the intercom to request the homeowner to bring the dogs in? Does the cop have so many gadgets and tools that he can’t figure out which one would work best? No loud speaker, no cell phone, no phone book, no pepper spray, no tazer, no club – use the gun because it is fun!

      • Meh! Cops have been shooting dogs for over 100 yrs. Sorry but the dog was aggressive, and running wild; this isnt some rural farm but the city and any dog owner that is that irresponsible is a FOOL. This dog could’ve bit a,small child or smaller dog. The officer shouldn’t have approached after he realized the,dog was aggressive…bottom line dead mutt, owner can apply for compensation for loss of his animal…..

        • The article doesn’t say this but, the dog got out during a 9 year old’s birthday party, where everyone (including a wave of 9 year olds) are running in and out of the doors and with all that excitement of course the dog runs around excited too… The owner of the dog has Parkinson’s disease and is wheel chair bound. The dog was shot and killed as the 9 year old boy watched from the window… So, go ahead, open your mouth and insert your foot now.

        • Dog was not aggressive. You don’t know dogs. He could have shot the dog in the leg, shoulder whatever, but not in the face. This is a muslim officer and they are all terrified of dogs. Dogs are illicit in islam and must be killed. They hate dogs, just like their prophet.

          • He’s not Muslim. At least one person who lives in the area and knows the family has said so. He might have (probably did) handle it poorly, but it’s not because he’s Muslim. Nice try, Sunshine.

        • “this isnt some rural farm but the city”

          FAIL, Bucky. It’s a VILLAGE of 2500 people. Try again later.

        • Agreed.

          People piss and moan on here about cops being aggressive and shooting dogs.

          But if you were jogging with your gun and a dog came out and chased you and acted like that they would shoot it too. Or if a neighbor’s dog did the same thing.

          There was a leash law, dog was impeding the officer. Officers can speak dog… they have to deal with the problem.

        • Have you been in Filer, ID? Does not come close to “City”. Population 2500. Unless it is county fair week and the population doubles. This is rural America.

          • I have posted this here, like 7 times. But the MFers don’t read my posts, because they don’t think I know what I’m talking about.

            I ASSURE EVERYONE, I *DO*. I do my research for the philistines. They just don’t give a rat’s ass.

        • gangrenous_ghoul:

          ” … if you were jogging with your gun and a dog came out …”

          I could envision a lack of alternatives there. What if, on the other hand, you were in the safety of a patrol car with access to radio, telephone, lights, sirens … and under no time pressure to reach the owner’s door to save someone from imminent harm?

          What might you do then?

        • Seriously? I doubt you will ever read this but did you even watch the video? Do you have any experience with dogs? If either of those dogs were aggressive he would have been bitten. They were trying to warn him off, which is what dogs are supposed to do when strangers approach.

          As others have said, he had plenty of options available, including having dispatch call the residence. Or you know, actually be man and deal with it.

      • The only valid reason would be a life and death situation going on in the house otherwise he had all the time in the world. The dog died a heroes death trying to protect its master from a madman with a gun. Clearly a case of unreasonable force. If a cop can’t deal with ordinary everyday situations without pulling his gun he has no business being a cop.

    • That was a BS shoot, the officer was not in danger. But to expect that an officer’s job is to be bit by dogs who are not on leashes…wrong, seriously wrong. That’s not his job or any cops job. We have every right to protect ourselves. That aside….this cop is fail

      • Wouldn’t it be nice if they had a department who’s job it was to control animals? We could even call it Animal Control… Oh wait…

    • I could not disagree more! A loose dog is a menace. He doesnt know how nice the dog is, just like he said, and – NEWS FLASH – a dog is just an animal, not a human. Anyone who has ever seen a dog rip apart a cute little bunny, or a goat, or God forbid a kid knows that under the cute is a wild animal without the discernment and emotional control we HUMANS have been blessed with.

      This policeman pulled it right back into order. He was respectful and calm.

      That could have been my kid instead of this officer. Had he showed up at my door I would be pissed. The second he pulls himself back the way he did I would shake his hand.

      I say we’ll done – and I am sure that all the kids who grew up watching animals talk in Disney movies aren’t going to understand.

      • “Well done” – Yep, God forbid a PO use some discretion. Even if you think the PO was justified this wasn’t ‘well done’ unless, of course, you’re a sadistic creep who believes that State power allows State agents to do whatever the hell they please.

        • You are a grade-A idiot if you do not understand that a pet’s actions are directly under the master’s responsibility. The dog owner was a complete idiot to let a labrador loose, unleashed and without supervision. I’ve watched the video three times to make myself a clear opinion about it, and no matter how much I despise police abuse, I believe this police officer could reasonable be in fear for his life or bodily harm, because a dog was menacing to bite him.

          I have been in this situation myself before, and I am no police officer, though I used non-lethal methods. I would not have hesitated either.

          And I did grew up watching Disney movies featuring animals, and I am a libertarian. So call me a sadistic creep if you like. If I’m approached by a dog that acts so menacingly and I don’t personally know anyone in the neighborhood, I believe I can fear for my life. Didn’t want a dead dog? Leash it or keep it inside, it’s not fucking difficult to be a reponsible dog owner.

          • Apparently it’s not difficult to pull a gun & kill someone’s pet because one feels mildly threatened either. And, you’re a Libertarian? What the hell kind of Libertarian encourages the use of deadly force by an agent of the State based on mild provocation?

            I’m not saying the dog owner didn’t have a duty to restrain his dog, but this doesn’t give license to kill it. It’s funny I’ve had so many LEOs weigh-in on this. They all say the shooting was justified, but they wouldn’t have done it? Huh???

            POs must act based on the standard of a reasonable person in similar circumstances. As a so-called Libertarian, you should at least understand this minimal restraint on government agents.

            Please don’t refer to yourself as a Libertarian. You give the rest of us a bad name.

      • Animals are God’s true creatures. Anybody who has no compassion for animals, which you so truly sound like in your statement, will burn. Come shoot my pets buddy………..

        • Ugh, yeah, still could not disagree with you more. Man is the only part of God’s Creation that He formed with His own hands – and literally breathed His life into – and man is the only part of Creation that is made in His image.

          Man was given dominion over the animals. What happened here is just that, dominion.

          I have been menaced by a dog. I have even owned a menacing dog … that I loved dearly! The second, and I do mean the instant, she showed aggression towards anyone who was not actively attacking my person or my family I was there to correct her. She was trained to attack and call off at my command and she was NEVER free to roam the neighborhood unattended.

          Again, that officer shows up on my door just as he did well then I should have been paying more attention and her death is on my hands, not his.

        • Ok Jomar, me beating the crap out of you in front of your kids (God I hope you don’t have any) constitutes DOMINION? You would be well deserving of it as well. GTF out of the US please….

      • Here’s a thought for you to consider. The article said the officer had been working for the town of Filer for the past 14 years. This town is roughly about 1 mile square and has about 2500 people living there. One would think that in 14 years, a good cop would know just about everyone, including their dogs. He would especially know anyone who might have Special Needs that has lived in that town for longer than a couple of months. He should be able to recognize the signs of a birthday party (it was daylight). He also should know most of the dogs in town, especially the possibly dangerous ones. At his age and so-called experience he should be smart enough to not be aggressive with a pet protecting his own property. Instead, he gets out of the car with a gun drawn! This man has a mental problem with dogs. Knowing that, he should never go on a call where dogs might be. Can you imagine him responding to a Domestic Violence call with a couple of yappy Chihuahuas? He is no longer “police officer” material and should seek other employment.

        • Im sorry but the moment you take the life of one of God’s creatures for no reason you just found you a warm place in hell. The Koran and Islam teaches hate towards domesticated animals and spite to those who own them. I wish the stray puppies of this world would be turned loose and eat their un-American asses up. Im a Texan and a LE and hunter. I hunt for the meat, not the trophy and own 7 cats and two dogs I love dearly and they are well behaved and any law who shot my pets would feel the retribution in his chest after my .40 hit them.

      • First, if you think ‘a dog is just an animal, not a human,’ you need to rethink as many of us with animal companions consider such our children.

        Yes, the owner was responsible for the loose dog/s, BUT the LEO was equally responsible as he was well aware of the fact he was responding to a dog-at-large call.

        Second, the kids in the home for the party were obviously unafraid of the dog/s.

        The concern here should be that an armed LEO in the profession to protect and serve who had several other options at his disposal choose instead to use the most dangerous and lethal by discharging his weapon within how many feet of the very civilians and their human children he is under oath to protect and serve?

        Third, if a civilian shoots and/or kills a police dog, said person is often prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and heavily fined for shooting a LEO. In all fairness, a LEO who shoots a civilian dog–who may be someone’s fur-kid (no value can be placed on one’s heart) or a service dog (replacement can run into many thousands)–deserves being treated as though the LEO shot/killed someone’s kid or stole/destroyed someone’s multi-thousand dollar investment.

        • @Jomar…Respectful and calm? How is shooting sombodys dog so you can get to their front door being respectful?

      • Jomar and Karena both need to learn something about dogs. Neither of those dogs were being aggressive in the sense that anyone was about to be bitten. They were barking to warn him off as well as warn their master that someone was trespassing. Look how many times he was able to approach them and not once did they try to bite him.

        As others have said, loudspeaker? Have dispatch call the house? Was the call even something that warranted a shooting? If it was over loose dogs, then call Animal Control as he had confirmed the dogs were loose. Sure it would be nice to give the owner a chance to put them up to avoid a fine, but to shoot a dog instead of oh say secure the scene? Keep all those kids you guys keep talking about away, perhaps? Under no circumstance should should flip the siren and get their attention.

        He’s a coward, and you guys apparently don’t know what you don’t know.

    • I think it was aggressive and when you are being circled by two dogs its bad news. It did approach him and attempt to lunge a few times. I have been bit by a dog like this. It may be protecting the property but 2 of them make them do stupid things. I’d call into dispatch to have the owner called. If lunged at again i’d shoot it too. Dog bites are nasty.

      • Christ! You talk as it were a Kimodo Dragon, and not a dog. A dog that is wagging its tail is not about to bite.

  2. Let’s see. Dog was barking at officer, but doesn’t attack. Dog goes back on property and calms down. Officer approaches dog (head on, very threatening in “dog language”) goes on to dog’s territory. Dog acts as dog and barks.

    Officer shoots and kills dog.

    If I did that, it would be animal cruelty, probably illegal discharge of a firearm and a couple of other charges.

    Whatcha think the outcome of this will be?

    • ….yes…what a dangerous animal that was…barking at a stranger coming on to their property…with his tail swinging back and forth…that really displays aggression…I think if I was that dog’s owner, I would file suit against the cop, city and county…as the dog was not “loose” but was actually on the owner’s property…

      …but I bet..after a year or so…after most people forgot what had happened…and I’d won the law suits…I would be on the lookout for this pig of an animal..this “law officer”…I would be on the look out for the man’s state of mental depression….and I bet..after a year of “reflecting” upon what he’d done to the poor dog…I bet they would find that “officer” had eaten his own gun….I’m certain that they would find an intoxicated cop…sitting alone in his sad. little car…having shat himself… and with his head blown off…again…by his own “hand”..and definitely..with his own weapon….the creepy pig that defines what this human-animal is…I guess he just wouldn’t be able to “live” with his conscience…eh?

      RJ O’Guillory
      Author-
      Webster Groves – The Life of an Insane Family

  3. I could never shoot a dog,never, never, never. I just wouldnt have the heart to do it. I’d rather not kill anything if I could help it.

      • Same here. Not a proud moment, but it had to be done. No more dogs after that. He ruined it for me. And I ruined it for him.

        • I grew up in the sticks. Asshats from the city were constantly dumping animals. The thinly populated county we lived in didn’t have animal control or a shelter. If there was a problem animal and someone called the sheriff, a deputy would come out and shoot the animal. End of story.

          Needless to say, people as a rule didn’t call the sheriff. I always felt bad for my father, as he was the one that had to dispatch other people’s cast off animals that were hanging around our place. Those were never happy days for him-or any of us.

        • First off, anyone defending this mental midget should have their head examined. As a young man I moved to a large city for school and delivered pizzas for a side job, I probably ran into more dogs in a month than this moron has in his entire life. Act aggressive and the dog acts the same. I’ve never been bitten by a dog. I always had a few milkbones in my car because my job brought me into regular contact with dogs. But hey, my IQ is higher than 70, this guy must have rode the short bus to school.

          Normal people feel like hell when they have to use their weapon on a living breathing being. Taking any life should not come easy. My dad made me put down my first dog that had cancer. He said I had to put it down because “Sometimes as a man you’ll have to make hard decisions and do things that will make you feel terrible. In the end, even though you’ll feel like crap, you will know that it had to be done.” I was 12 at the time. If this dill weed felt that shooting this poor dog had to be done then why did he lie and then try to apologize, justify, and make excuses after he admitted that the dog hadn’t actually bit him? Because the camera and audio were running and even sociopaths want to keep their jobs.

          This “cop” was just looking to use his service pistol on anything he could find the first chance he got. It brought back that sick depressing feeling I had when I was 12. That he lied in such a matter of fact way and had no remorse for what he had done shows that he shouldn’t be an officer of the law. You are given many many options before a gun should even leave a holster. I have no problem with this guy losing his job, he’s more dangerous than any dog I’ve come across.

          THIS IS NOT A RETRAINING ISSUE OR A “NEEDS A PARTNER TO SLOW HIM DOWN” ISSUE. THAT IS RIDICULOUS, A GROWN MAN THAT CAN’T CONTROL HIMSELF AROUND BARKING DOGS SHOULDN’T HAVE A JOB THAT LETS HIM CARRY A GUN!!! IF HE NEEDS SOMEONE ELSE TO MAKE DECISIONS OR HELP WITH HIS DECISIONS THEN HE IS NOT A MAN, HE’S A DAMN CHILD! THE LAST TIME I CHECKED IT’S A BAD IDEA TO LET A CHILD PLAY WITH LOADED FIREARMS! I’m tired of this give him the benefit of the doubt crap. I can’t believe these were even suggested! The fact that he went for his sidearm first isn’t just a little disturbing, it should terrify people.

          He has severe self control issues. I just hope that next time it won’t be an innocent human being that rubs him the wrong way. I wonder if he’d try to justify it by saying he didn’t want to get bit again by a dog or a human? I also wonder how someone like him could pass the mental competency exams to become a “cop”? I’m sorry if this was a long post but this just struck a nerve and made me sick.

    • I would shoot a mutt if it was attacking me. There was no attack made by that poor pooch. Just another butthole cop on a power trip. Did any of you pay attention to the cop get in a good angle to shoot the dog. That was the officers intention all along. I have worked in public safety for 16 years as a FF/EMT and LE. I’ve only been charged by an aggressive dog once and retreated back to my unit. The officer had options. he chose the wrong one. Sounds like a police officer who drags his little nuts over the public he is supposed to protects heads.

  4. Good shot. Don’t let your dogs run around in the street, and the police won’t have to shoot them when they become aggressive.

    The title should read: “Irresponsible Dog Owner of the Day”

    • That dog wasn’t aggressive–he never attacked, despite being kicked, and repeatedly backed away. The pig was in no danger when he shot the dog, he just felt like asserting his power.

      • I think the variations of “The officer done wrong” in these comments are being used as a proxy for “I am a dog lover”, without bothering to consider whether it was actually a good shot.

        I count 3, possibly 4 times in the video where the dead dog charges the officer – the last time when he finally takes a bullet.

        • I’m more concerned about the cops defaulting to lethal force. Pepper spray would certainly have been more appropriate.

        • Approaching is not charging.

          The dog barked like dogs to to strangers until the officer kicked him which no doubt caused the dog to become pissed… But still no charge.

          Bad shoot.

        • “Approaching is not charging.”

          Try “approaching” a cop like that and let us know how it works out for you.

        • Yeah, the dog totally charged him 3 or 4 times, but somehow never touched him (except when the cop kicked him), let alone succeeded in biting him. Those dogs were not a threat to the officer.

        • I assume by “charges the officer” you mean “jumps up and down, barking excitedly, wagging his tail”. Everybody knows that when dogs are at their most dangerous. The officer was in imminent danger of getting his butt sniffed.

          But I will agree the dog owner deserves IPOotD award for having unleashed, unfenced dogs.

        • Funny, I saw the overpaid government employee charging the dog. He should have retreated and called animal control.

        • “Try “approaching” a cop like that and let us know how it works out for you.”

          Since a cop has not power or authority that a citizen does not have, are you saying citizens have the right to shoot cops who aggressively invade our personal space?

        • And yet, somehow, some way, how many thousands of cable guys, water guys, gas guys, dish guys, pizza guys, Fedex/UPS guys, postal guys, and a zillion other unfamiliar people deal with strange dogs every day with mild or no force, certainly not deadly force. But when it comes to the police, it’s guns blazing because, well, who’s going to hold them accountable?

        • …the dog did what dogs are supposed to do when strangers enter their property…the cop shot the dog on the owner’s property…not in the street…the cop was sent out to manage the situation..and his first and only planned response was to shoot the dog..for which he later apologized multiple times.. …which tells me he knew he was in the wrong…otherwise…why be such an apologist for his own actions?

          You sound like a blank-minded cop supporter who would justify raping the dog…if the cop could come up with a stupid enough sounding justification…

          As I said earlier…I hope a year from now they find that cop…sitting up in his urine, blood-drenched car..after he’d blown his own head off….that would be great Karma…

          RJ O’Guillory
          Author-
          Webster Groves – The Life of an Insane Family

      • It’s a shame when a dog is shot, but the owner is mostly at fault. WHY were the dogs running loose?

        To someone who said that cops don’t shoot dogs that are fenced up – that’s a lie. Happens all the time.

        On the other hand, there were a lot of other ways the cop could have handled this. He could have beeped the horn or blipped the siren to get the home owner’s attention. He certainly didn’t have to kick at the dog. He could have called animal control to come out and pick the dogs up,a nd then cited their owner for allowing them to run loose.

    • The “officer” (I used quotation marks because this gentleman is apparently incapable of officiating) responded to a call about dogs in the street.

      Who sends a patrol officer to an animal control call?

      Also, weapons are supposed to be a last line of defense. Maybe these are some of those warp-through-car-door dogs…I don’t know.

      Gone are the days of “get home safe, no matter what”. Now the mentality is, “there’s a perp here that needs a head smash, no matter what, and I’ll shoot dogs to get to the scumbag”.

      • The police have to go to these calls because the taxpayers don’t want to pay the taxes for animal control to have the manpower to respond.

        Weapons are a last resort when it comes to humans. Not dogs. Sorry, PETA can go to hell and if I’m hiking and some dog comes at me four times I’m not going to be fumbling for pepper spray.

        • If you aren’t hiking in the dog owners front yard I’m with you. In this case, as the video shows, the officer attacked the dog, not the other way around. There was nothing aggressive about either dogs behavior and in fact they appeared to be happy and excited to see a new person. In no world was that a good shoot.

        • Compare the average wages and benefits of the “public servants” in your city to the people paying the taxes for those salaries. Should the “servant” have better pay and better benefits than the people paying the wages? There is plenty of money for a dog catcher if the pay grades were equal to the people paying for the wages and benefits. I don’t know of a single person in the private sector that still receives a pension or any health care after they retire. 401k with a 5% match is the best available here. New city employees receive 17% contribution to their 401K with no match and paychecks quite a bit above the average resident in this city.

      • “Who sends a patrol officer to an animal control call?”

        Most places. In my county we have a dog warden and an assistant dog warden. That is two people for an entire county.

    • I take it you’ve never been near a dog. That dog’s tail was wagging and it was jumping around. That means playful behavior. The only aggressive behavior in that video was displayed by the cop.

      • Myth, dogs often wag their tails when they are not in a happy or playful mood. You have to look for other signs like vocalization, raised hackles and how they show their teeth. Generally, if a dog is barking it won’t bite but if it shuts up then it may be about to attack you.

        • “Myth, dogs often wag their tails when they are not in a happy or playful mood.”

          Bull. You clearly know nothing about dogs. I’ve spent my entire life around them and bitten by several – an angry or scared dog does NOT wag their tail. Those dogs were excited, nothing more – they weren’t violent in any way.

        • Yeah? I have had dogs all my life. Right now I have two coonhounds. In fact I just got back from a walk through the park where there are deer, coon, possum, fox and possibly coyote. The dogs tails were wagging all the time as the howled their through the wooded areas. They weren’t playing, they were all business. If I let them go they would have run something down and killed it. Dogs wag their tails when they are excited whether they want to play, work or show a aggression.

        • Absolutely correct. The difference here is the type of wag. Dogs that are ready to challenge something don’t bark like that, and their tails wag straight up and stiffly back and forth- NOT happy-whole-butt-waggle wagging. And if you watch the black dog, he backs up repeatedly onto his property, and looks at the front door continually while he barks and retreats. The OFFICER is the reason the dogs were barking in a FEARFUL manner. Aggression and fear are completely different. he was screaming at those dogs the second he exited his vehicle, and he continued to scream-GUN DRAWN- while kicking and advancing toward them. Anyone with half a brain wouldn’t have continued to approach dogs they didn’t understand. If he was really “afraid” he could have gotten back into his vehicle. Instead he had to prove how tough and “manly” he was by shooting a family pet on it’s property while a house full of children were inside. Pepper Spray/Tazer/Calling the owner- Options an every day person would consider when approaching a barking BLACK LAB. That do did NOT charge him. He did NOT try to bite him. The officer advanced toward him and shot him point blank in the head without hesitation in a residential neighborhood. Safety is supposed to be the priority, and in a neighborhood full of families its hard to believe this was the safe or right thing to do.

    • Did you miss the part where he actively tried to kick the dog in the head? And how the dog DIDN’T try to bite him at that point or immediately afterward? I’m not going to say that the dog’s were happy, they weren’t. They were on alert. But at no point in that video did they even try to bite. Officers carry all sorts of non-lethal options, there was absolutely no reason to shoot. If this guy keeps his badge it will be a travesty.

      That being said, dog owners, invest in a fence. The fact that this is clearly a bad shoot won’t bring this guy’s dog back. If the dog had been in a fenced-in yard this whole thing could have been avoided. Whether it’s someone getting trigger happy or just a car, you’re playing roulette with your dog’s life if you let them run around the neighborhood unsupervised.

      • “Officers carry all sorts of non-lethal options, there was absolutely no reason to shoot.”

        The officer DID use a non-lethal option (his boot) and the dog didn’t back off. Good shoot, bad dog owner.

        • Pepper spray is taught as an effective option. Kicks to the head are not. This is probably the stupidest most impatient and unnecessary dog shoot I’ve seen on the net. The home has a telephone. The LEO has a phone. Call the owner. Pepper spray the dog. It wasn’t a felony call. Why the rush?

          I’m staggered by the extent to which LEO’s in many areas apparently think that community relations do not matter, are not worth the extra effort. It surprises me. It isn’t true where I live.

        • nnjj: You must be the officer in the video because you’re the only one that has said it was a good shoot, and you’ve said it multiple times. Only he would defend that action. Here’s a quick tip, cars are impervious to dog bites if he really feared for his safety.

          I know it’s a small town, but why send an officer with a past incident with a dog that left him scarred and fearful on a dog call? That’s like backing a politician that was a victim of gun crime on gun control.

        • So the stupid idiot LEO cant take 10 F’ing seconds to radio in and tell them to call the house to call the dogs in. What a F’ing moron.

        • nnjj – After reading your several posts, I finally realized you’re this cops big brother. (Maybe uncle?) Either way – you refuse to see the obvious. This cop is a cowardly ass.

    • whats good for the goose is good for the gander… we should ALL be allowed to solve our nonviolent moments of the day with our weapon.. ( sarcasm )

    • How is it a “good shoot”? What do you see there that makes it a “good shoot”?

      Tell you what I see–a fat ass cop who had a ga-zillion other options than to shoot what was OBVIOUSLY a non-threatening dog.

  5. Nothing wrong here, other than an irresponsible dog owner. Agressive dog wandering around the streets come charging up to me, and I’ll shoot it too. Calling the cop a pantywaste? You let a stray dog gnaw on you tough guy!

      • “repeatedly backed away” because he repeatedly approached. There are some dogs that can run around because they wouldn’t hurt a fly (I’ve been lucky to always have such a dog). If your dog is territorial you need to keep him on your property.

    • Yea, I called him a pantywaist. There’s a big difference between a truly mean and aggresive dog and a dog thats watching his turf. The so called officer is a giant sissy. And they are not “stray dogs” as you so incorrectly ascertained. He had his gun out the instant he stepped out of the car. OMG! A dog! He is not a dog person. He’s a frightened man-boy. If this is truly the case, we should be arming every postal carrier in the country! Christ, if i shot every dog that barked at me, i’d be in prison. And discharging his weapon in a residential neighborhood? If you did the exact same thing, your ass would be in the county lock up. So yea, he is a pantywaist. And I have been bitten and i didn’t shoot the dog…

      • The cop has an Arabic name, so he probably has a built in cultural hatred of dogs.

        Yet another failure of our immigration system.

        • It’s not racist to state the FACT that Arab cultures have a low opinion of dogs.

          Is also not known if the statement “I like dogs, I have dogs” is indeed true. If I was the homeowner I’d be checking on that statement and all crying and whining statements the LEO said.

          I think the LEO needs someone to hold his hand on future calls.

          • Sorry, that doesn’t wash with me. Maybe it’s because I have knowledge of Mallory’s comment history, but regardless of the fact that those attitudes toward dogs exist (if they actually do), assuming that the cop holds those attitudes is a leap that I’m not willing to make, and he clearly is. It’s no different than me assuming that he {insert stereotype about English people here} simply because he has an English last name.

            • And it was nowhere stated that the officer in question was Muslim, even if it may have been implied. It wasn’t; it was inferred by Mallory.

        • …… {insert stereotype about English people here} simply because he has an English last name.

          I’d wager that 95% of stereotypes are based on facts.
          Low opinion of dogs by vast majority of Arabs happens to be a fact.

          • I’m not arguing stereotypes, I’m arguing its application in this case by Mallory. Again, that’s likely because I’m aware of his general attitudes via his commenting history, thus I feel comfortable in drawing conclusions of the spirit in which his observation is offered.

    • It did look to me like a pair of labs wagging their tails and saying “this is my yard.” Is there anyone in suburbia who doesn’t know what a Labrador Retriever looks like? What a wagging high tail means?

      It seems like lots of PD’s really don’t like the people they work for, and don’t need to pretend otherwise. I suspect this is because those on the commission appointing and supervising LEO’s in those towns don’t respect the people they work for, either. Do they actually teach kicking the dog a few times if one is afraid of it? That makes no sense.

      I don’t understand why so many PD’s are so much different than my local PD. I’m repeatedly shocked by what I see on the web from other PD’s. Why such callousness? Are the working conditions that much worse elsewhere? Is the supervision that much worse?

    • I visit people’s houses for a living, and I can tell you right now that Cop is incredibly STUPID.
      First, if there are dogs running loose, I don’t even get out of my van. I look up the customer’s number and call the house and make them put the dogs up.

      Second, if for some reason I *have* to get out of my van anyway, I carry a bottle of Pepper Spray (Most dogs really, REALLY hate that stuff.) and I don’t make any threatening noises or gestures. Calm demeanor and nonthreatening body language. Pepper spray then used if the dogs continue their aggression. Speak softly and carry a big stick.

      Should the owner have kept the dogs fenced in? Yes.
      Did the LEO need to shoot the dogs? No.
      The dogs WERE agitated, They WERE being territorial – but the LEO did not need to shoot them. Non lethal options were available, and more importantly his actions showed a disregard for life and a lack of simple problem solving skills.

    • @ BT, he was not a stray! he was a service animal. to an owner who is in a wheelchair. the call was from a neighbor saying ‘there are dogs in the street’ clearly a non threat. dog owner has a birthday party, any one of the kids friends could have let the dog out. clearly this was no more than a nuisance, not a threat. he should have cited the owner with a ticket /fine and have him call the dogs in. also this officer was involved in a questionable use of lethal force on a person in 2010. shooting a man in the head. why would it be so unheard of to put this officer on mental eval. it seems the LEO lacks proper assessment skills. mistakes like this are mistakes that have consequences for someone in this profession, clearly he has not the capacity to be in law enf. and if i lived in filer and he still had his job after all this i would move and take my pets and kids with me.

  6. I’ve nearly done the same thing, from far away the golden retriever probably looked like it was calming down after I kicked it in the head and drove it away from my Down syndrome brother, it was just trying to stare me down and decide whether to attack again.

    Keep your dogs fenced in or their deaths are on your head. I WILL NOT hesitate and watch a family member (or myself) be mauled.

      • Actually the same instinct set drives a wolf and dog, but most owners have driven their dogs insane via unknowing mistreatment of a dog.

        Any dog can bite at ANY moment.

        Tail wagging doesn’t mean shit. Any dog has the potential to turn aggreasive in instant.

        Talk tobpostal carriers about how much they trust a “friendly” dog.

        An animal that size could causebsignificant damage in seconds.

        I think your issue is attributing human logic and reasoning to an instinct driven animal.

        • Funny, those mailmen, pizza delivery guys, and meter readers go years without shooting dogs. I guess they are better trained than the average cop.

        • ” Any dog has the potential to turn aggreasive in instant.”

          Dogs generally only turn “aggreasive” after boiling them for quite a while.

        • So with that logic, men should club their wives and run around naked? Because evolution says we came from primitive primates, so…. Dogs and wolves are distantly related- FACT. Domesticated dogs are NOT the same as a wolf. Dogs have a prey drive that, if not controlled, can lead to killing small animals, etc; but that does not mean they hunt and kill their own food and kill ppl. Look up the study on domesticated foxes- You will see that domestication is basically forced evolution, and certain breeds are more domesticated that other. My Sberian for instance kills raccoons, squirrels, etc. But a lab is bred to soft-mouth foul it RETREIVES. The only things they typically have a prey drive for is a stick or a ball. As a trainer, I have been bit 3 times in my line of work, and EVERY time it was MY fault, not the dog’s. Your comment shows the knowledge you have of the species in a whole. Anyone who actually knows anything about dogs can see clearly and without doubt that this entire situation was cause by that officer. He challenged and attacked THEM from the moment he exited his vehicle. He was threatening and cornering them on THEIR property. The dogs were retreating, and their body language clearly shows fear and agitation, not dominance and aggression. Sad so many that comment cant tell the difference between the two. Especially disappointing that the officer couldn’t.

      • You idiot! Yeah, my wife was attacked by a golden retriever and she had to beat it away from our 1 year old son.

        It’s time to reevaluate what an animal is capable of …..

        • Funny how your wife was able to bare-handedly defend herself and your son, but the only available defense that this cop could come up with was deadly force.

        • That incident is THE reason she now references for wanting to carry a pistol. Had she been carrying she would have GLADLY shot that dog. I would have, too.

          Unashamedly so.

    • …aside from the Pepper Spray…I just bought my wife a couple of “Tazers”…to have available in the car and throughout the house if needed…the first time she “activated” the Tazer….all of our dogs (including a pit-bull) went bat-shit and couldn’t stand the sound of the Tazer being activated….they all ran away with their tail between their legs as they really didn’t like the effect of the electricity….so there was no shooting necessary…the cop just wanted to be a big-man…I hope he chokes on the barrel of his own weapon…

      RJ O’Guillory
      Author-
      Webster Groves – The Life of an Insane Family

  7. Yah, is this 911?
    Yes sir what’s the problem?
    I just shot a man dressed like a cop that came on my property with his gun drawn.
    I was in fear for my life as he just shot my dog and was coming to my door with his gun still drawn. He had a crazy dog killing look in his eye!

    • I’d vote to acquit. The only violent, aggressive being there was the cop, who was out of control and could easily have started shooting people as well as the dog. Based on that video the homeowner could reasonably have been in fear of his life.

  8. They need to get this guy a post in Sochi, STAT. He gets to shoot dogs for a living, we get rid of a menace to society. Win for everyone.

  9. Monday morning quarterbacking: Cop didn’t need to shoot that dog.

    That said, No way should a dog that behaves like that (barking/defending its territory) be allowed to run loose in the city. It is behaving like a lot of dogs do which is okay…..on a leash. Some dogs are not territorial at all and make better “free ranging” dogs.

    Stupid cop and stupid dog owner. More like Idiot Social Interaction Of The Day.

    • Clearly you have no clue about Filer, ID. calling it a city. By your reasoning all the dogs that wander the farm land there should be put to death. You need to turn in your keyboard.

      • In the farmlands in WV it was legal to kill dogs wandering the countryside. They injure and kill livestock and in the case of the couple in Goergia they kill people. In the 1 incident where I killed a dog he was part of a pack wandering the farmlands. No doubt some irresponsible owners much beloved pet. Because of his aggression and his pack mates aggression he didn’t get kicked, he got shot thru the head.

        To this day I hate doing it. But I’ve seen what those wandering pets do to livestock and deer. I’m not going to be dog food.

        • The dogs I was referring to are farm dogs. Like Heelers. Since most farms in that area don’t have fences for steer.

        • My wife is from Northern Wisconsin and she said the same rules apply there. Even a friendly dog can run valuable livestock to their deaths. If you are using dogs to hunt on private land you tell the land owner that you have talks when you ask his permission.

        • I have no problem with people shooting feral animals causing harm to their property or other people.

          Doesn’t work in this case, however.

          These dogs were being aggressive defenders of their owners’ property. They were in the wrong because they’re dumb animals and their owners are complete idiots (if they consciously let them out).

          Since they weren’t actively harming anyone’s property or people, effective less than lethal tools should’ve been employed first.

          Jumping to lethal force in this situation made absolutely zero sense and was uncalled for.

        • Heelers,eh? I dunno if they’re the breed you’re talking about, but I have a longstanding hatred of Blue Heelers. Almost every one of those things I’ve met has been an overly aggressive nuisance. A couple/three of them actually wanted killing, but I didn’t have the means back then. Fortunately I had a loyal German Shepherd/St. Bernard mix who, despite being the gentlest dog ever, was more than willing to teach them the error of their ways (took on two of them at once in an epic canine beatdown…one of my most cherished childhood memories).

          Could have been the environment and their training (or lack of it), not their basic nature…I dunno. I do know that 35 years later in the same locale, my dad goes on his daily morning run armed with a pocketful of rocks and a stout stick to deal with the descendants of those same antisocial beasts.

          And the people who own those aggressive animals also (still) think it’s their right to kill any animal they want anywhere they are for any reason (or none). Sometimes it has to be done. In my experience, it usually is done by people who didn’t have to do it, they just wanted to.

      • My friend father has 30 acres that unfortunately back up to a white trash trailer park. A couple times a year he has to shoot these dumb fuckers loose dogs on his property; most have have been pitbuls.

    • “No way should a dog that behaves like that (barking/defending its territory) be allowed to run loose in the city.”

      Filer, ID: Pop. 2,508. No city there, pal. Only a friendly little town with a dog-killing cop.

      • You’ve pointed out the size of the town a couple of times WB. In this small town it says a lot that the neighbers felt compelled to call the cops on these lose dogs that they should have known well. Maybe they knew them well enough to fear them?

        • …no matter what any of the cop-defenders write, say..or argue…we know the Cop was wrong.. because he apologized to the home owner…(several times)….as the Attorney for the homeowner is going to ask in Court….”Officer…if your actions were appropriate…why did you apologize so profusely?” …Again…”Officer, if your actions were correct…why did you feel the need to apologize?”…

          …one of the first things they teach you in business…(and bad government is simply business)…never say you are sorry, never apologize…as you have just admitted to having done something “wrong”… and eventually a good Attorney will make you pay for that admission….so regardless of all the back-n-forth here…we all know the cop was wrong…because he admitted to it…on tape…Ha!

          If I was on the jury…the compensation for this “wrongful act”..would be in the millions …against the cop, the city and the county that lets him carry a gun….because by the man;s own admission..he was under-trained, incompetent..and he was “wrong” as he admitted several times…

          RJ O’Guillory
          Author-
          Webster Groves – The Life of an Insane Family

  10. You know, mailmen get around just fine with pepper spray.

    And how often are we told that bear spray is more effective against large four legged predators than guns?

    If you’re a cop and you have pepper spray but automatically resort to using a gun on a non-rabid dog that’s not actively attacking you or someone else, you need to find a new line of work.

  11. I hate what happens in this video with every fiber of my being. But having watched the whole thing (listened), and taking a minute to chill out, as much as I still hate it… this was a shitty situation, and I think he was basically justified. It sucks, but life sucks sometimes.